UN Supports Indonesia in Revising Law No. 39 Year 2004 on Migrant Workers

Geneva, Switzerland: "The Committee is satisfied with Indonesia's report and appreciates Indonesia's efforts and commitments in the protection of migrant workers, in particular the revision of Law 39/2004," said Mr. Jose Brillantes, Chair of the Committee,  on the last day of the Indonesian Government dialogue with the UN Migrant Workers Committee.  This statement was in reference to Indonesia's initial report on the implementation of the Convention on the Protection of the Rights of Migrant Workers and Their Family's Members at the UN Office of Geneva (6/8).

In response, the Senior Secretary of BNP2TKI said that in addition to the Government's commitment, the Bill's approval is not te be separated from the role and firm commitment  of the Parliament, as the initiator,  to finalize this bill into Law, which deserves due appreciation.

In the dialogue, the committee also appreciated the Government's partnership with all stakeholders in the formulation of policies on migrant workers. According to the Committee, this attitude and spirit are important to be maintained in the overall protection of migrant workers.

"The Indonesian government shows the seriousness and commitment of Indonesia in improving migration governance in terms of regulations and implementation. This is a good step towards realizing the protection of migrant workers in the future," said Mr. Can Unver, country rapporteur committee for Indonesia.

Some other issues raised on the second day of dialogues include remittance management, employment BPJS, gender and migrant workers, immigration in particular Rudenim, anti-corruption in service, Bali Process and Colombo Process, as well as refugees and asylum seekers.

In addition to delivering reports on the achievements at the national level, the Indonesian Delegation also presented representatives from the Wonosobo District Government as an example of good local government initiative - in collaboration with civil society - in the protection of Indonesian Migrant Workers through the Wonosobo District Regulation No. 8/2016 on the Placement and Protection of Migrant Workers from Wonosobo.

"We hope that the Committee can give constructive and implementative recommendations to support the Indonesian Government in enhancing its efforts and facing the challenges to ensure the protection of the rights of migrant workers and their family  members," the Senior Secretary of BNP2TKI said in his closing speech.

The Senior Secretary added that the protection of the rights of migrant workers and of their family members is an ongoing process and requires not only good policies and programs but also resource sustainability and dedication in their implementation.

The Government of Indonesia had completed a series of dialogues with the United Nations Migrant Workers Committee regarding Indonesia's initial report on the implementation of the Convention which took place from 5 to 6 September 2017. The dialogue report and recommendations by the Committee are expected to be presented on 13 September 2017.

The full dialogue can be watched through the link: http://webtv.un.org/meetings-events/ (Human Rights Treaty Bodies)

(Source: Permanent Representative of RI in Geneva/Directorate of Human Rights and Humanity)